Vietnam Film Institute receives valuable documentaries from Netherlands

The Vietnam Film Institute in Hanoi held a ceremony on October 19 to receive valuable documentaries from the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam and the European Foundation Joris Ivens.

Vietnam Film Institute receives valuable documentaries from Netherlands

Attending the event were representatives of the Dutch Embassy, of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, the director of the VFI , the director of the MCNV and the representative of the Ivens Foundation
The Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam presented 29 documentary films that were made by foreign filmmakers in Vietnam in 1970s.
The Joris Ivens Archives Institute gave four films, 2,000 pages of documents and 140 photographs and banners which were made by Dutch film producer Joris Ivens from 1965-1968.
One of the most valuable is film stills from “Meeting with President Ho Chi Minh” that is the last foreign film recording of President Ho Chi Minh.
Joris Ivens was a Dutch documentary filmmaker. Among the notable films he directed or co-directed are A Tale of the Wind, The Spanish Earth, Rain, ...A Valparaiso, Misère au Borinage (Borinage), 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War, The Seine Meets Paris, Far from Vietnam, Pour le Mistral and How Yukong Moved the Mountains.
From 1965 to 1970 he filmed two propaganda films about North Vietnam during the war, 17e parallèle: La guerre du peuple (17th Parallel: Vietnam in War )and he participated in the collective work Loin du Vietnam (Far from Vietnam). He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize for the year 1967.

By MAI AN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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